Classroom management really can make or break you as a teacher. Even if you’re a veteran teacher, there is always a new idea or creative solution to make your teaching life easier. For those of you using my favorite web 2.0 tool, Pinterest, you may have seen some of these images before, but for those who are not . . . enjoy!
Get Your Room in Order
Get those paper towels in the right place! Motivation at its best from Katie Moris at Adventures of an Art Teacher.
Short on counter space? Then maximize your wall space with these home-made magnetic containers. This would be great for art teachers on a cart too! Image source: Laissezfaire blog.
De-clutter your desk and get your paperwork in order. I love how this is labeled. Check out the makeover from the Venspired blog.
Every good art room needs a broom and dust pan – especially one that is named “Dusty”! This great idea comes from Theresa Gillespie at Splats, Scraps and Glue Blobs.
If you teach elementary, kids are always making pictures for you. But what do you do with them all? By adding them to a clipboard, you can display the most recent and still be able to look through pictures from the past. Idea from Clean & Scentsible blog.
Create a Classroom that Works
Just a subtle hint for your students (and their teachers) from Mrs. Hansen’s Art Room.
Bring peaceful thoughts to your classroom as students enter or leave. Image source Jankwilson on Flickr.
This video explains how to get a handle on the noise level in your classroom using plastic cups.
Sometimes you just need to say it plain and simple – keep order in your class by hanging a Peacemakers and Peacebreaker chart. This great idea came from Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten class (though this would certainly apply at all age levels)
Teach with Visuals
I love this word wall Art With Mr. E created for his classroom using index cards with magnets on the back.
Help your students understand what careful artwork looks like with this craftsmanship rubric from art teacher Kathleen O’Malley at her blog, Art Moments.
Make the Most of Your Minutes
From a blog that brings organization to a whole new level, Jessica Balsey at The Art of Education shares how she has art questions ready when there are a few extra minutes left in class.
Looking for more ideas and visuals? Check out our classroom management section.
Last year we asked our readers to send us pictures of their art rooms. The response was tremendous and our Flickr gallery really shined with your submissions! This year, we added a new twist! You gave us a closer look into what makes your art room work with bins, posters, drawers, and binders.
There were so many great ideas and unbelievably clever storage solutions that we had a hard time picking only three photos. Congratulations to our three winners Tara Conover, Jessica Houston and Amy Kratochvil for their creative organizational solutions! You can view their photos on The Teaching Palette’s homepage.
Thank you to the following art educators who shared images of their 2010 art space organizational tips:
- Tricia Fuglestad
- Carleen Michener
- Katie Jarvis
- Jodi Youngman
- Dawn Lagerstedt
- Elizabeth Burns
- Hannah Salia
- Dusti Moran
- Melissa Giglio
- Cynthia Borne
- Tisha Burke
- Tara Conover
- Denise Pannell
- Sarah Brooks
- Amy Kratochvil
- Jeannette Anthos
- Jennifer Leban
- Kristen Peck
- Kim Colasante
- Clare Butler
- Theresa McGee
- Hillary Andrlik
- Jessica Houston
- LeAnne Poindexter
- Samantha Melvin
If you would like to add your organization images to our Flickr set, we would be happy to add them! Send your photo, name, school, and brief photo description to email@example.com.
It’s another school year and we know most of our readers have been busy preparing their art classrooms to inspire and organize their students. Did you create a genius new system for storing sketchbooks? Or is your storage room an original work of art that maximizes every inch of space available? Then we want to see it.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to see the organizational solutions used by other art educators for supplies, artwork and more? Well this is your chance to share your art space solutions… and see others.
By September 25, send a photo of your art classroom organization to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll compile all the art classroom photos into one showcase post and in our Flickr photo stream. Take a look at last years “Art Room Showcase 2009″. We’ll also feature three lucky photos on our home page as the new “cover art” for The Teaching Palette.
It doesn’t matter what level you teach, we want to see how you organize your space. No art classroom space is too small or too large to share. In the end, we hope to provide an abundance of solutions in an online gallery to help art teachers around the globe get inspired to organize their own spaces. Start opening those drawers, cabinets and storage closets and snap some photos!
How to send your organizational tip:
Snap a photo and send it as an attachment to email@example.com with the subject line Art Room Organization. Include your name, school, town, state and brief description of the photo.
UPDATE 9/27/10: Check out the fantastic submissions by our Teaching Palette Readers!